Protesters at the planning meeting in March when councillors refused permission. Picture: Ian Burt.

Campaigners fighting plans to build 600 homes on land in South Wootton are calling on residents to join them as they prepare for a public inquiry.

West Norfolk Council refused planning permission last spring for a new housing estate on 86 acres of land behind the Knights Hill roundabout in King’s Lynn, sandwiched between Grimston Road and the A149.

The developers behind the scheme are appealing against the decision, with the inquiry set to start on Tuesday, January 14, at The Barn in the Knights Hill Hotel.

In a leaflet being distributed this week to homes in South Wootton, North Wootton and Castle Rising, campaigners have said the effects caused by development would be “unsustainable”, with planning permission already granted for 660 homes elsewhere in South Wootton.

“If this development goes ahead there will be a total of 1,260 additional houses – a staggering 70 per cent increase on the current number of village dwellings,” campaigners say.

“Local resident numbers are likely to increase by 3,000. More worryingly, this will bring an additional 2,000 cars to our already gridlocked roads and junctions, making life extremely difficult for residents and commuters.”

A fundraising page has been launched at to help meet the projected £6,500 cost of professional fees incurred in fighting the case.

Borough councillors rejected the development in March because of the potential impact on the road network and on the grade-I listed Castle Rising, but opposition on grounds of traffic was later withdrawn.

Developers previously said the site had been earmarked as a preferred site for growth by the borough council itself.

The plans also include a new roundabout on Grimston Road, which would provide access to the new housing estate.

The proposed site. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Residents can attend the inquiry in Knights Hill and may speak at the discretion of the planning inspector.

The first three days will be at the hotel, with a fourth day at Lynn Town Hall on Friday, January 17.

The inspector will then prepare a report and recommendation, which will be forwarded by the middle of April to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision.

There is no indication yet as to when the final decision will be made.